Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.95   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Peruís No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
UPDATED: APR 30, 2006 It had a carbonated water taste to it (itís like drinking soda), but it was very refreshing and it made me want to drink more. It did not have an awful finish. I placed a bottle of Premium Cristal in the freezer for 30 mins and it was rather good. My drinking mates had the same thoughts. Recommended ice cold.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 Pours very pale yellow, almost white. Smells of clothing left in the washer too long, after a wash (faintly, but thats all I get). Minimal flavor. Not skunky. Overall: Better than bud. I guess that means something.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
Bland, little aroma, nearly no taste, a little bitter, dry finish, no aftertaste. Would make a great hot weather beer that might be refreashing to some, but Iíd probably reach for a water instead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 29, 2006
Very disturbing, it was not bad in flavour, but it is because there was no flavor, no colour no aroma, just new it was beer because of the bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
raymow (915) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Nothing special - basically the same as all of these Mexican/Brazillian/Peruvian/Caribbean beers. Somewhat refreshing, but poor quality, corn based beer. Of course, if I was on vacation and this was all that they had Iíd drink many of them, but here, with thousands of choices, this would not be in my top 2 or 3 thousand!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pale yellow body with a quickly fading white head. The aroma is grainy with canned green beans and cooked carrots. The taste is nasty potatoes along with some bell peppers. Pretty nasty, but not undrinkable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2005
12oz bottle from 24 variety pack: Pours a big foamy head which diminishes quickly, pale yellow-clear color, Aroma of malts, fizzy tasting, clean, almost balanced, but slightly acidic, no aftertaste.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
12.07.05 21oz bottle (huh?), best before 19/04/06. Has the look of a standard macro-type pale lager, a pale straw with little, quickly fading, white head. Some visible eff. Aroma is a slap in the snout of wet wicker and acetone. Complimentary sweet flavor is only offset by an unsettling bite that is profoundly not hops, rather something chemical and heinous. A hint of something malt-ish, like a breakfast cereal graininess, struggles to peak through and does so as the beer warms. A briskness to the body that is something more than watery, thereís an odd limestone character thatís weirdly appealing. The acetone from the aroma returns and lasts on the palate in a painfully long ordeal, unrelenting even to a mouthful of water. At a 2.03 average score, this stuff is horribly overrated.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Labeled as Cerveza Cristal Beer. Definately from Peru and produced by Backus Y Johnston. Predicting an industrial, "Suez Canal" caliber lager here.And weíve got a twist-off and horribly skunky odor leading things off. Pours pale pale yellow with a fully receding white head. Aroma of sweet grains, slight funky corn odor, but you wonít find it unless youíre looking. Taste is rather tasteless. Bland, stale, some kind of unuual fermemtation characteristic. Overall, I canít complain. If I was in Peru and had no better choices, I donít think Iíd complain.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Another crappy South American lager. Watery, oxidized tasting of adjuncts. Not quite as bad as some of the Central American beers Iíve tried.

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